Along the process of coming up with a plan of resuming the season, a sizable amount of players made it clear that they did not want to distract from the social justice movement against racist police brutality. Most, if not nearly all of those players agreed they wanted to come back, but that they wanted to use that platform to service the movement, not distract from it. Dwight Howard was one of the more outspoken people on the conference call that included those conversations, and the situation obviously has been important to him growing up around his uncle who is a Georgia district attorney. His uncle was even the district attorney attached to the Rayshard Brooks case after Brooks was killed by police officers in Atlanta.
Howard was recently asked about how his family was doing after a tragedy back in March, but along the way pivoted to talking about Breonna Taylor and the police officers who are suspected of murdering her.
“Why haven’t these people (the police officers) been brought in? Why haven’t they been charged for anything or even arrested for what they’ve done?
Those cops, one of the cops just posted a picture of himself at the beach. How could you have a conscience? You just killed somebody.”
Howard’s full quote is below, reported by Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
Dwight Howard was asked how his family is holding up. He said it’s difficult to be here, but he can’t complain. And then he spoke about Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/vDqLEH6Do0
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 18, 2020
Unfortunately, Howard also discussed his own personal problems that are also going on while discussing Breonna Taylor. Recently Howard admitted that he was reported to the NBA for not wearing a mask around the Walt Disney World Resort premises (it should be noted that Howard was seen on his own Instagram not wearing a mask). That’s a whole different discussion in and of itself, but it’s still great to see Howard continuing to press the issue on the injustice surrounding Breonna Taylor.